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Updated: Friday, May 2, 2003 11:23 PM EDT
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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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2 6 2
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W Kennedy (2-2)
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TAMPA BAY 2, DETROIT 0
 

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Joe Kennedy tossed the first one-hitter in team history and Marlon Anderson snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays posted a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers .

Kennedy (2-2) held the Tigers hitless after giving up a leadoff single to Andres Torres in the bottom of the first. The lefthander pitched his second career shutout and sixth complete game, helping the Devil Rays end a three-game losing streak.

He walked one and struck out six.

"It's just another day at the ballpark," Kennedy said. "There will be more of them. This organization has only been around six years or so. I'm sure there are plenty of good pitchers in the organization that will come up and do the same thing."

"He was focused the whole night," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella added. "We were talking before the game that we needed seven or eight innings and I said, 'Why not a complete game?' That's exactly what we got."

The Devil Rays have had four two-hitters, the last by Travis Harper on September 24, 2000 at Toronto.

Gary Knotts (0-3) nearly matched Kennedy for seven innings but walked pinch hitter Carl Crawford to start the eighth, and it came back to cost him.

"It's a broken record," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "We just didn't score again. This game is contagious and we've fallen into a rut that we can't get out of. We'll get out of it eventually but we don't know when."

Crawford advanced on Rey Ordonez 's groundout and scored when Anderson lined a 2-2 pitch into right field.

Anderson was out trying to stretch his hit into a double, which wound up costing the Devil Rays an extra run as rookie Rocco Baldelli followed with a triple.

Knotts allowed one run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings for the Tigers, who suffered their fifth straight loss. Knotts retired 12 straight batters before giving up a one-out single to Al Martin in the seventh.

"How good was he (Knotts)?," said Tigers catcher Brandon Inge . "He was very good. His fastball was hitting spots and when he does that, it lets him use his other pitches and do things with them."

The Devil Rays got an insurance run in the ninth on Toby Hall 's sacrifice fly off Chris Spurling .

Kennedy finished off the one-hitter by getting the Tigers in order in the ninth. His other complete game came against the Seattle Mariners last season.

"It was a great feeeling to be out there in the ninth and shut it down," Kennedy said. "I guess the adrenaline starts pumping. I think Seattle was the same way when I throwing in that game. I was throwing 95-96 (miles per hour). I just picked it up a level and closed the door."

"He's special," Hall said of Kennedy. "He's a natural. He's fun to watch. I'm glad he's on our team."

Detroit, which was blanked for the seventh time this year, had only three runners. Shane Halter reached on an error in the second and Bobby Higginson walked in the seventh.

"It's more frustrating than you can ever imagine," Inge said of the Tigers' woes. "It drives you nuts. I'm sure that people who cover this team or who watch this team think they have some idea how frustrated we are, but it is at least twice as bad as anyone thinks it might be."

The Tigers were coming off a doubleheader loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. In the nightcap, Mike Maroth held the Orioles hitless for seven innings before Baltimore rallied for a 6-4 victory.


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